A star is born: Behind the scenes of AHS Properties’ Sun Rays villa renovation

This month, AHS Properties celebrates its second anniversary. From the very beginning, I understood that building a successful luxury real estate outfit in Dubai would require resilience, determination and a whole lot of hard work. After all, this is one of the most competitive property markets on the planet – a fact that is compounded in the uber-luxury space, where buyers and investors are unwilling to settle for anything less than world-class.

Even so, provided we remained focused on quality and committed to our core values, I knew that we would succeed. That’s why, when I launched AHS Properties in November 2021, I did so with a clear vision: to transform already high-end premises into uber-luxury homes capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most exacting ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs).

The development that became Sun Rays offered the ideal opportunity to bring this vision to life, as the existing premises featured everything we needed to create an uber-luxury villa that would stand out from the crowd. So, how did we transform this already impressive property into an uber-luxury dream home with a value of $25 million?

Palm living

Before we could turn Sun Rays into reality, we had to find the perfect property in the perfect spot. I immediately set my sights on Palm Jumeirah because, when it comes to uber-luxury real estate, few locations come close. This iconic archipelago features pristine beaches, premium retail and hospitality offerings, and breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. It’s also situated within a 40-minute drive of all of Dubai’s major landmarks, including DXB – an important consideration for UHNWIs.

We soon succeeded in acquiring a spectacular property on Palm Jumeirah’s Frond N. This 13,500 sqft plot featured a generously proportioned villa with a built-up area of more than 10,500 sqft, providing ample space for relaxation and entertainment.

From privacy and security to space and incredible sea views, the existing villa possessed all the fundamentals necessary to develop an uber-luxury home that would capture the imagination of buyers and investors from around the globe. Put simply, the premises we acquired offered the ideal blank canvas on which to create Sun Rays.

Opulence as standard

Once we had acquired the perfect plot, we set about finding the right partner to help bring our vision to life. We decided to enlist the services of Dubai-headquartered B8 Architecture, an award-winning studio with an impressive track record of delivery across the verticals of architecture, interiors, masterplans and even the metaverse.

Together, we began reimagining our existing villa for a UHNWI audience. We developed a floor plan that would impress even the most discerning of property buyers. On the ground floor, we designed a grand entrance hall, stairway and piano hall to deliver an unforgettable first impression. We included a living space with a sea view, a formal dining room accompanied by a sunken seating area, and a state-of-the-art main kitchen. To provide the ultimate family living experience, we also designed a recreational ‘man cave’ and a dedicated home cinema.

Sun Rays’ first floor, meanwhile, features a family lounge and office area, a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, a master bathroom, and four additional en-suite bedrooms. To complete our uber-luxury offering, we included a rooftop terrace that was ideal for entertaining and enjoying uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s glittering skyline.

Of course, in order to command an uber-luxury price tag, we knew we had to create a home that demonstrated quality in every aspect. Attention to detail was paramount, especially when it came to the materials and design choices applied to its interior décor. We decided to create an environment that was at once serene and refreshing by implementing grey Emperador marble, white Atlantis marble and dark Marquina marble throughout the property. We complemented this overarching colourway with oak finishes, gold profiling, textured wallpapers and decorative soft furnishings.

The result was a villa that felt simultaneously comfortable and elegant, combining modern architecture with a diverse range of opulent fixtures and fittings.

A sought-after property

Throughout the development process, we were quietly confident that we were creating something special. However, I must admit that I had not anticipated just how much interest there would be in this property. As soon as AHS Properties unveiled details of its plans for Sun Rays, our team immediately started to receive enquiries. We soon identified the right buyer and handed over the keys to this spectacular villa.

Ultimately, our efforts paid dividends both for AHS Properties, which achieved a healthy return on its investment, and the buyer, who has acquired an uber-luxury property that is likely to continue appreciating for many years to come. It therefore feels fitting to celebrate our company’s second anniversary with the sale of Sun Rays, a successful renovation that epitomises everything I set out to achieve in 2021.

Partners

We are proud to collaborate with some of the most prestigious and accomplished names in the world of luxury design and architecture:

Each of our renowned partners bring unique expertise and innovative ideas to the table, enabling us our to create luxurious and timeless properties that surpass the expectations of their clients. Working together, they create not just homes, but works of art that radiate awe and admiration.